No Internet Connection Detected

Halloween Costume Scams - Know How to Protect Yourself

Halloween Costume Scams - Know How to Protect Yourself

Would you share this Article with others?  +

With just a few days away from one of the most celebrated holidays, Halloween, shoppers are urged to be careful of cyber-criminals when shopping for holiday deals. Victims of these online scams are normally individuals in search for a costume to wear to a party or to go trick-or-treating.

Holiday online scammers trick persons by presenting fake pop-up retail stores and shopping online websites while browsing. The URL on these pop-up sites will then direct you to a scam site that asks for your personal information along with your email address.

Customers who purchase from these online stores are promised by the scammers that their costumes will be delivered overnight upon purchase. After making payments online there is a high percentage chance that your package will not be delivered to you and if it is, it is not what you paid for and is of poor quality.

If you try to obtain refunds from these online stores or try returning the items because of your dissatisfaction it will be impossible to do so.

Helpful shopping tips:

  • You can log on to Better Business Bureau’s website at and check the legitimacy of the website you wish to purchase your costumes from.
  • Be on the alert when providing your credit card and other personal identifying information online. Verify that the web address begins with “https://", an indication that the website is secure. If the web address doesn’t begin with “https” do not purchase from the site.
  • Be knowledgeable about the company’s refund and return policies before you finalize your purchase. If online companies fail to provide you with information on how they will handle any possible problems you may have with their products or services, you should not carry on with the purchase.

Note: Some of the names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers or other information in samples on this website may have been impersonated or spoofed.

Check the comment section below for additional information and share what you know or ask a question about this article by leaving a comment below.

Remember to forward suspicious, malicious, or phishing email messages to us at the following email address: And, report missing persons, scams, untrustworthy, or fraudulent websites to us. Tell us why you consider the websites untrustworthy or fraudulent. Also, to quickly find answers to your questions, use our search Search engine.

You can help maintain Online Threat Alerts (OTA) by paying a service fee. Click here to make payment.

Comments, Questions, Answers, or Reviews

There are no comments as yet, please leave one below or revisit.

To help protect your privacy, please do not post or remove, your full name, telephone number, email address, username, password, account number, credit card information, home address or other sensitive information in or from your comments, questions, or reviews. Also, remember to keep comments, reviews, answers respectful.

Write Your Comment, Question, Answer, or Review

Write your comment, question, answer, or review in the box below to share what you know or to get answers. NB: We will use your IP address to display your approximate location to other users.

Your comment, question, answer, or review will be posted as an anonymous user because you are not signed in. Anonymous posts cannot be edited or deleted. Sign-in.

Keep your comment respectful or it will not be posted.

Halloween Costume Scams - Know How to Protect Yourself